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Justin Kauflin - Coming Home (Qwest Records)

Bring together one of the finest contemporary jazz pianists and a world renowned producer and you'll almost certainly get an impressive album. But when that producer is Quincy Jones and said pianist is Justin Kauflin, a blind musician whose intention is to communicate, through sound, the incredible...

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4

The Pine Hearts - Carousel (Self Release)

Release Date: 1 October 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Andrew J Newall - Reflections From An Airport (Self Release)

It's been a while since a song brought a tear to these hardened eyes, but Andrew J Newall's Everyday , a song for his son, lost to a road traffic accident at a very young age, did just that. Perhaps it's due to the song's absence of sentimentality that affected me most, just a simple love letter to...

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4

John Metcalfe - Absence (Neue Meister)

The ambient trance-like soundscapes created by John Metcalfe, assisted in no small part on this occasion by the voice of Rosie Doonan, one of the UK's most underrated vocalists, makes for a desirable feast. There's nothing throw away here, nothing to ignore. It could very well be a film score to...

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4

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2018

The Spa, Scarborough Friday 28 - Sunday 30 September 2018 From its beautiful setting to its diverse acts, there are so many reasons to return to Scarborough each September and savour one of this country's finest jazz festivals. As I sat in the candle-lit Spa this weekend and scribbled eagerly in my...

The Tannahill Weavers - Orach (Compass Records)

Named for Paisley's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, The Tannahill Weavers performed first in 1968, recording their first album ARE YE SLEEPING MAGGIE in 1976, the first release on Plant Life Records, a label owned by Steeleye Span's Nigel Pegrum. Along with...

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4

Eddi Reader - Cavalier (Reveal Records)

Release Date: 28 September 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Tumbling Souls - Between the Truth and the Dream (Wee Studio Records)

The Tumbling Souls play a Old Time smooth 50s Country with the warm pop harmonies of Eddie Cochran or early Roy Orbison. This is music of the Wild West, the West West Atlantic Coast of Scotland and The Hebrides that is. Willie Campbell's bright valve radio vocals croon through Don't Be Afraid Of...

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4

Besides Daniel - Teeming (Self Release)

All references point to this album being correctly entitled T E E M I N G, rather than just plain old Teeming, a term defined by Danny Brewer as being 'in motion with life', which pretty much reflects how the Georgia-based musician known as Besides Daniel sees himself at the moment, and which...

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4

The New York All Stars - Burnin' In London (Ubuntu Music)

My one and only trip to Birdland - New York's premier jazz club - was inspired by my adoration of two great sax men. The concert, back in 2012, was a celebration of the late, great John Coltrane and was led by renowned hard-bop player Eric Alexander, a saxophonist who has been building a towering...

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3

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